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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:49 am 
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Ok guys, well like the title says, ive found a BBC 4 hrs from here that a guy is selling. Heres the Craigslist ad and I will type out all other info i have received from the owner.

http://siouxcity.craigslist.org/pts/2227245587.html

Upon finding the ad i immediately contacted the owner and made sure it was still available. He replied back saying it was. Heres all other info ive gathered on the engine thus far.

Its a 361959 block from he thinks 1978 with 2 bolt main caps. It has the "781" oval port heads on it and the bottom end is all stock, however it was balanced with a new balancer and flexplate, all machine work was done in Tea, SD by J&L Premier Machine. It has Speed Pro hypereutctic 10:1 domed pistons in it. The other parts he listed for me off hand were that it has an Edelbrock performer RPM intake, Miller roller rockers, Comp Cams Magnum 280 camshaft with matched springs, lifters and pushrods.

He also told me that he built it last summer for a pulling truck and only has 5 pulls on it and break in run time on motor. He also said the motor has a lot of "gear reduction", whatever that means. He also said the balancer and flexplate are SFI approved for pulling, so hes not sure whether those would work for something on the street or not. He will send pics of the engine tonight and im also asking for a video or 2 of it running if hes able to do videos.

Hes willing to sell the whole motor complete for $1,700. Does that sound fair to you guys?

Im just wanting to make sure im getting something thats not going to turn into problems for me shortly after i get it.

Any other info i should ask him before taking the dive and buying the engine?

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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:17 pm 
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Hey prostreet,

IMO, and if I was looking for an engine, running or not, I would go look at the engine or parts and if in one piece, by all means fire it up so you can here it and listen for strange sounds and if it runs well. Pull the dipstick and look at the oil on it, ask to see reciepts for work done, AND, parts reciepts too and get phone numbers of the shop/s that did work on this engine and ask them about spec info on it. Those are some good heads (the 781's) and if they have the bigger (2.19/1.88) valves in them, and worked on by a reputable porter, then them heads can flow up to 7200 rpm's all day long, but again, they have to be done up right and with the right cam & intake. The Eddy Performer RPM intake is a good one for those heads for gobbs of torque for sure and will start out low in the rpm scale since it is a 454, and (maybe that is what he meant by gear reduction)!!! that has me a little lost.... I would have to look into the cam specs a bit more also. I myself, also would want a valve cover off so I could see the valvetrain and see where the roller tip was in relation to the valve stem, (that will tell you if someone got the right length pushrods and that the valve train will survive for a while) but that's me.

Smell the air while it is running and that will tell you if it is rich also for a tuneup, and that can be adj. without a problem I would hope, anyway! I would check some small stuff once the engine is out for pickup and buying it like pull the dist. cap and look at things there, pull a few plugs and look at them and see what brand oil filter is on it too.

This is all little stuff that can either make or break a deal for me, and I hope others will chime in too with more things to check on. Ask if it is internal or external balanced also.

John

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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:41 pm 
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hey awesome info man....i got some additional info too ill post up...
781 heads have been smoothed out in the runners and intake/exhaust opened up a bit. The block is a fresh block that has had all clearances checked and bore has been left stock.

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R/T: .194
60': 2.322
330: 6.379
1/8: 9.803
MPH: 71.37
1000: 12.781
1/4: 15.314
MPH: 88.79


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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:32 pm 
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I'll add my .02 FWIW, if the motor comes as complete as stated including the carb, converters etc. and you here it run and seem OK, then IMHO is a decent price. It's just tough to know for sure that the motor is strong and solid. When it's running, pay close attention to the oil pressure. Good luck


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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:22 pm 
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yeah, well its only had 5 runs including break in time on stand....so its really a "fresh" motor.

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R/T: .194
60': 2.322
330: 6.379
1/8: 9.803
MPH: 71.37
1000: 12.781
1/4: 15.314
MPH: 88.79


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:03 pm 
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The guy did send me some pics of the engine so heres the 5 or 6 pics he sent me.

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He also said he is going to get some batteries for it and make a vid of it running so i can hear how it runs. Im still going to have a friend go look at it in person to see, hear, smell and check it over.

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R/T: .194
60': 2.322
330: 6.379
1/8: 9.803
MPH: 71.37
1000: 12.781
1/4: 15.314
MPH: 88.79


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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:33 pm 
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ProStreet83C10 wrote:
yeah, well its only had 5 runs including break in time on stand....so its really a "fresh" motor.



Prostreet...there is no way to tell how "fresh" and engine is...you are going to need to budget having the engine gone thru and checked out...so the 1500 or so you're buying this for....may turn into completely rebuilding this engine...depending on how it sounds when running...my guess is this engine has been sitting a while...meaning that you will have to check the valve springs on the heads....i.e. you may have to replace these....also it may need to be re-ringed and have new bearings installed...so you will need to plan for that also...

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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:18 pm 
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right, however i have a guy who lives in that area who knows engines and he is willing to go take a look at it hear it run and check everything that can be checked. The engine HAS been sitting over the winter.

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R/T: .194
60': 2.322
330: 6.379
1/8: 9.803
MPH: 71.37
1000: 12.781
1/4: 15.314
MPH: 88.79


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